With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
While fans often focus on the development of the players, one of the great risers in the Clippers organization is assistant coach Sam Cassell. In addition to a storied NBA career, the point guard has emerged as Doc Rivers’ lead assistant on the LA bench.
Following his playing career, Cassell spent time on the Washington Wizards bench before joining Rivers in LA. The top assistant is considered by many to be a great influence on young point guards, which will make Cassell one of the most valuable members of the organization in 2018-19.
Not only do the Clippers have a number of guards under contract, they will rely on Cassell to help develop Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, two players selected in the lottery during the 2018 NBA Draft.
Cassell has head coaching experience with the Clippers’ Summer League team, although his main role is serving as Rivers’ assistant. He is viewed in many circles as a rising coaching candidate, and he could emerge for head coaching gigs in the future.
“I think people already know I can coach,” Cassell told reporters following the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League. “This summer league is never about the coaching. It’s all about the players. It’s about putting the players in the best possible position to be successful. But I do just want an opportunity.”
Cassell also boasts history with the Clippers, as he played with the organization from 2005-2008. He won three championships as a player.
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